Proper lawn maintenance

Proper lawn maintenance takes a lot of practice and research. Once you have established your turf, you will need to watch for pests and diseases, weeds, shade, nutrition, watering and also how you mow the grass. Even if your lawn is making your neighbors and visitors green with envy, proper maintenance of your lawn is still important for consistency. However, maintenance of the lawn grass isn’t easy and it still comes with problems. The typical lawn maintenance problems seen at include:

1.Striped Lawn

Striped lawns are among the most typical lawn maintenance problems. A striped lawn happens after uneven fertilization of the lawn and it usually appears as stripes of green, healthy turfs which alternate with turfs of yellow grass. Sometimes the stripes may be brown or tan and this means that the lawn mower must be adjusted accordingly to cut the grass evenly and to also prevent scalping.

2.Compacted soil

The soil found underneath a lot of lawns normally hardens and gets compacted with time even if you had already prepared it well before planting the grass. The more you walk and carry out activities on the lawn, the faster it gets compacted and once the soil is compact, fertilizer and water may not reach the grass’ roots effectively leading to weakening of the roots and growth of weeds. Compact soil eventually causes some parts of the lawn to dry out.

3.Too much shade

Note that most of the lawn grasses don’t grow well under shades, even the varieties that have been labeled as shade-tolerant. Too much shade thins the grass and causes increased growth of moss. It’s important for your lawn to receive reasonable amounts of sunlight and you can do this by pruning trees and trimming down high hedges.

4.Pale Grass

This is a common lawn maintenance problem that is caused by lack of proper feeding or malnutrition of the grass. If your lawn doesn’t get the proper balanced diet, grass will turn pale and weak because of the unavailable soil nutrients. Note that the crabgrass is an adaptable and vigorous grass that thrives in lawns which are under fertilized.

5.Fungus and Lawn Weeds

Fungal lawn diseases appear as brown, yellow or white patches of grass which expand in diameter; orange, black, grey or red spots on grass stems and blades; slirny, greasy, darkened or wet-looking grass; pink, black or gray threadlike or powdery coatings around and on the blades and also distorted, discolored or frayed thin patches on the grass blades. Fungal lawn disease is commonly caused by high humidity and temperatures, using too much or the wrong type of fertilizer, compacted soils, improper lawn mowing, overwatering, drought and also using the wrong type of grass for your yard.

Lawn weeds include daisies, dandelion, yarrow, buttercup etc. If the fungal disease is left undiagnosed for a long time, treating it may be difficult. Also, if the lawn weeds are left untreated, they will spread and fight with the grass in the lawn for light, food, and space, eventually damaging the look of the whole lawn.